Non-native breeding birds in the UK, 2012–14

Published on 07 February 2017 in Main articles

By Mark Holling and the Rare Breeding Birds Panel

Abstract This Rare Breeding Birds Panel report covers only non-native species recorded breeding in the UK during 2012–14. A total of 25 species was recorded breeding or potentially breeding during this period. Numbers of the rarer species remain extremely small, with annual totals in double figures for only three species: Black Swan Cygnus atratus, Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina and Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus.

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Black Swan, Essex, October 2015. One of the more widespread, and certainly the most visible, of the rare non-native breeders in the UK, yet it is still under-recorded. Max Hellicar